An inmate at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women is expected to be charged with arson after a fire broke out, causing three correctional officers to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Gerard Shields, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, said a lighter was found in the woman’s cell after the fire Sunday night.
He declined to release the inmate’s name Monday because the state fire marshal had not yet filed charges. A spokesman for the Maryland State Police, which includes the fire marshal’s office, did not respond Monday to a request for comment. Monday is a state holiday.
Anne Arundel County firefighters responded to the fire at a single cell at the prison in Jessup.
Shields said a fourth person was taken to a hospital for “an unrelated seizure that occurred at the same time.”